20 Jan 2019

Baby Blood

Apparently, I have baby blood. That's what the nurse said when I was donating blood. It turns out that it wasn't an Arnold Schwarzenegger type of insult. Mine just happens to fit the uncommon criteria if a new born baby needs a blood transfusion. Afterwards, I had a cuppa and sketched the other donors.

30 Dec 2018

Huatoki eels

I decided that I wasn't done with the Huatoki Plaza so I did a watercolour sketch of the people feeding the eels that live the Huatoki stream. Most people that cross the pedestrian bridge like to stop and have a look over the edge to see how huge and freaky these things are looking today.
(The 2nd half of the video looks a bit strange with the walkway and the sky reflection; it's like the eels are in the sky or something.)

29 Nov 2018

Huatoki Plaza

Huatoki Plaza was a retail building that was removed to expose the covered stream beneath it. New Plymouth made a reasonably boring urban space for people to ignore. One day, an artist put up a paste-up image of a face to try to make it better. It probably did because these days, the Plaza has several artists' work on various buildings that face it. I've sketched one of the buildings a few times and currently has artwork by Phil 'Suspect' Jones. His studio is actually in the Plaza and his murals are all around town.

27 Nov 2018

California Dreamin

Sea Lions snoozing at La Jolla near San Diego

San Diego Zoo

San Diego zoo

San Jose - Apple HQ Silicon Valley

Ford Trimotor San Diego Air & Space Museum

Outside Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base between San Francisco & LA

Bronze 'Top Men' hauling in the sheets - Dana Point

One of Rodin's 'Thinker's' - Stanford  University Palo Alto

14 Nov 2018

Rainy Villa


On a covered deck in the rain I got a cold that lasted a week. Now, the sun's back and so am I.

3 Nov 2018

Salmon Building

I only see this place in winter even though it's painted a bright salmon orange. The plants and moss growing on the side of it camouflage it into the fresh spring leaves. I did this one in September and the building's already starting to disappear among the trees.

22 Oct 2018

Waitara Whitebait

Whitebait fishing means lots of big nets and tiny fish. It sounds like cheating if you say it that way.

14 Oct 2018

Good & Bad Parking

Even though these racks are for bicycles, the scooter beside the upright rack shows an example of good parking. The bent over one adjacent to the parallel car park area shows a past-tense example of bad parking.

28 Sep 2018

TUPARE

TUPARE ,  a National Garden of Significance here in New Plymouth . always a wonderful venue for sketching given the variety of subjects .  This simply , elegant gate leads to an area of Rhodo's set against the huge boundary trees and the gardeners cottage in the mid-ground .  MLB.

CAMELLIA

A few weeks ago the Taranaki Sketchers visited the National Camellia Show , held in New Plymouth .   Since then our special Camellia has fully blossomed .  It is called Betts' Supreme, named after a cousin from Te Awamutu. A large flower , in soft deep pink.  MLB